Richard Barnbrook has finally been suspended for a month from Barking & Dagenham Council for lying about the number of knife murders in his area. Tory Troll has more, including the full set of sanctions, which mention ethincs training. Ethics and someone from the BNP? Can you say 'cognitive dissonance'? Barnbrook probably can, but only with great diffculty.
It's worth pointing out that this case may not have come to light had Barnbrook not been given the rope to hang themselves with. In the right environment like the MyTelegraph blog section, where deleting negative comments is impossible without removing an entire blog post, BNP arguments and representatives can be defeated. Like I did in the comments on this recent post (part of a small flurry of posts a week or so before his hearing - the first in months). This doesn't count as blowing my own trumpet, because it's not hard to look at a video and show where it differs from Barnbrook's account.
On the BNP's own site and in their own blogs, this isn't as easy. Simon Darby, himself suspended from his post in the London Assembly as Barnbrook's assistant has already whacked up a response to the ruling on the BNP site headlined 'BNP Blasts “Utterly Vile Hypocrisy” in Richard Barnbrook Ruling'. I don't link to those raas clarts, so you'll have to Google that, I'm afraid.
The defence is a bit rubbish. The police have confirmed that there were no serious incidents involving knives in the period concerned, but the BNP are still claiming that two of Barnbrook's pretend murders were actually referring to people who were on life support.
It also relies on saying 'look how the other parties lie'. Fair enough. Blair lied us into a war. I'd love to see him punished for that. I'm not going to moan when some other goon gets in trouble for their own lies in the meantime though. That's such a crap line of reasoning- like a burglar arguing he should be let off because he thinks the murderers of Stephen Lawrence got away with their crime.
Anyway, nice to think of Barnbrook in ethics training. Maybe the BNP are saying he'll appeal because they think he has to go on an 'ethnics' course.